The constant fluctuation in weather in Mumbai and its nearby areas is sending a lot of people to the doctors.
“There are many complaints of throat infections and viral fever. Also, measles, chicken pox and jaundice are also affecting younger children,” says Dr Nilima Jadhav.
The doctor, an ayurvedic expert, suggests a few dos and don’ts. “When the weather changes so quickly, the body is slow in adapting to the changes in temperature. We need to be careful about what we eat and drink in order to keep away weather-related illnesses,” she says.
According to her, people tend to have cold water or food to beat the heat. “This is a strict no-no. It is difficult for the human body to adjust to the cold temperatures of the drinks or ice cream, and this causes an internal imbalance,” she adds.
Jadhav urges people to drink water which is at room temperature, instead of from the fridge. She also advises everyone to avoid eating watermelons and muskmelons until summer has set in fully. Until then, she says, you can eat pomegranates, apples, oranges, sweet lime and papayas.
You can drink kokum (garcinia indica) juice or have with cumin or coriander seeds in it.